I bought the first one for myself as a confirmation gift because one of our Deacons, in a class for new Catholics, said every Catholic home must have a few things - one of them was a statue or photo or painting, etc., of our Blessed Mother Mary. I bought the second for a woman in my Bible study, who is from Peru and just moved into a new home. I bought the third one for my sister, because when she saw a photo of mine, she fell in love with it - not for the religious appeal, but from a folk art perspective - and after looking at many online, I can't agree more. I watched the video of how the artisan makes the retablo and it added even greater value to it. I simply love them. I love the scene behind Mary - the high mountains, and the flowers, in a wooden box with doors. I mounted mine on a wall in my home office and see it from where I sit. I'm buying the next one as a thank you gift for a close friend who I will be visiting in a few weeks.
It?s beautiful. I originally purchased the smaller 8pc set and was immediately disappointed that I hadn?t bought the larger 17pc set. It was so beautiful, I wanted more. So I returned the smaller set and purchased the full set and I am so glad I did. I wanted a nativity where the figures where abstract (I didn?t want specific faces or races). It?s colorful. It?s detailed yet simple. I love that the pieces can face any direction and look great. I love it and look forward to setting it up each year.
"Believe it or not, some archeologists have been fooled by my work! That's because of the aging process I use with my pieces."
Handcrafted Glazed Turquoise Ceramic Sculptures (Set of 3), "Modern Nativity"
Hand Carved Suar Wood Heart and Flame Abstract Sculpture, "Lover's Passion"
Handcrafted Ceramic Inca Replica Sculpture, "Little Llama"
Hand Crafted Andean Gemstone Sculpture, "Energy of the Pyramid"